Because Johnnie To so dominates cinephile discourse about Post Holdover Hong Kong Cinema seems like a good idea to shine…
A heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of general Ma Xinyi.
"The Warlords" was one of my most anticipated Wuxia films when I saw the trailer few years go. I was eager to see some of my most favorite actors, Hong Kong's A list, Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kanershiro rounded up in a film awesomely directed by Peter Chan. This film was loosely based on a historical event in China, The Taiping-Rebellion. However, even though this film is quite a great epic in its depiction of the grande battle, the mass murder, the philosophy and its entertainment value, I regret Chan's option in using a very distracting dull, grayish color tone throughout the film though I'm sure he must have had his own logical reason and so far, I…
Despite featuring Jet Li’s best performance and some epic battle scenes I didn’t really warm to this, at least until the final 30 minutes. I just didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters and without that emotional involvement all the battle scenes in the world are just so much wasted effort. So I’d give this 2.5 stars for the first 90 minutes but the final 30 gets a 4.5 as it delivers everything the rest of the film lacked with the added bonus of an excellent Jet Li fight scene.
Very decent historical hack and slash epic with an ending played out as Greek tragedy. The visuals are lavish but the plot is merely fair-to-middling. Worth it for the impressive battles scenes and the interplay between its stars, Jet Li, Andy Lau, and Takeshi Kineshiro
Not a great film by any means, but thanks to its highly impressive battle sequences, good cinematography, and convincing performances, this epic historical drama overcomes without much difficulty its occasional pacing issues, so in the end it was a really enjoyable film.
Beautifully made with some fine action sequences and good performances. Unfortunately, it's often tedious for epic stretches between the battles.
I'd bet a lot of Chinese people really enjoyed Braveheart.
Some good battle scenes, but ultimately a melodramatic tragedy. Beautifully shot, derivatively scored, well cast, poorly executed.
Peter Chan's remake of Change Cheh's Blood Brothers is a very hit-and-miss affair. A good cast doing what they can with a rather aimless script. Because the film lacks a stronger identity it easily got lost in the sea of recent period war dramas from Hong Kong.
After a studiously verbose opening card, providing a great dump of information on the various warring factions of 19th-century China, I expected THE WARLORDS to rush willy-nilly into its drama; but no, it's calmer and more intelligent than it first appears. The gore is immediate, but it's authentically grimy and gruesome.
Qingyun, an army general in 1860s China, begins as the lone survivor of a losing battle. He meets a girl named Liansheng and bandits named Wuyang and Erhu, whom he convinces to rejoin the failing Qing army. Their story -- with a lot of blood oaths, blusterous back-and-forth loyalties, and flaring violence -- has its mawkish moments, mostly due to poor editing and soundtrack choices, but the whole thing seems decently creative.
War epic which effectively combines an epic sweep and a human drama as partnership which propels the three 'brothers' to power fractures and breaks.
Don't care how great your cast is, how great Jet Li's furious fists & feet are, or how above-average your script & production values are --
if you can't figure out how to computer-generate horses, and if you instead utilize & film gratuitous animal cruelty, you & your movie can go fuck yourselves.
Episches Schlachtengemälde welches Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau und Jet Li in einem Film vereint. Das Epos überzeugt durch seine sich entwickelnden Charaktere, die den Film davor retten sich in seinen verschwenderischen & bombastischen Kampszenen zu verlieren. Fesselnd!
- Time and Tide
- King of Comedy
- From the Queen to the Chief Executive
- The Longest Summer
- City of Life and Death
- Valley Of Flowers
- Tokyo Story
My list of foreign world cinema,from the art house to the extreme.
- The Killer
- Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
- Peking Opera Blues
- Green Snake
- Love Massacre
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…